Legislative Update: Thank your New Mexico delegation for protecting the Rio Grande Gorge

Senator Bingaman, along with members from the New Mexico delegation, reintroduced a bill to protect New Mexico’s Rio Grande Gorge. The legislation, Río Grande Del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act (S. 667/H.R. 1241), would protect around 235,980 acres of pristine wild lands in Northern New Mexico,  including Ute Mountain -- the highest point on New Mexico BLM land -- and the Rio Grande Gorge -- one of the world’s great avian migratory routes. The legislation would also safeguard world-class recreation opportunities, such as hiking, hunting and fishing.

Can you help us thank the Senators and Members who introduced this bill to protect this treasured natural heritage for future generations?

Please be sure to identify if you are a New Mexico constituent. If you are not, they will still appreciate your support, but it is especially important that they hear from New Mexicans!

Please call them today!

• Senator Jeff Bingaman: 202-224-5521
• Senator Tom Udall: 202- 224-6621
• Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D, NM-3): 202-225-6190
• Representative Martin Heinrich (D, NM-1) : 202-225-6316

Helpful talking points:

• Your recently introduced Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act (S. 667/H.R. 1241) will do much to protect wilderness  and I thank you for your leadership on this issue.

• New Mexico’s culture and heritage is rooted in the beauty and richness of the land and its wilderness, making public lands protection in our state all the more important. 

• The Rio Grande Gorge area is important for so many reasons: It’s home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of New Mexico, world class recreation and critical wildlife habitat.  It’s a tremendous draw for tourism and very important to the economy of Northern New Mexico. 

• I want to thank you for sponsoring this bill that would also help secure healthy watersheds and the outdoor recreation opportunities I cherish, and preserve one of our state’s most iconic landscapes.

Learn more about this important piece of legislation here .